The editorial board for SPE Journal met with SPE staff members at the
Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Denver in September. The purpose
of these yearly meetings is primarily to discuss the status of the journal and
to explore ideas for improvement. In general, SPEJ seems to be doing
very well on a number of fronts, including impact factor, which is a measure of
the influence that SPEJ has on current research and publications. We
believe that the focus on quality and fundamental research is a key factor in
our success in this area.
The timeliness of reviews, or lack thereof, continues to be a concern, but
the addition of new associate editors and a focus on handling the oldest papers
have improved the situation from last year. The new electronic peer-review
system that will be implemented next year may help to accelerate the review
process and enhance quality.
The editorial board for SPEJ discussed several ideas for
improving the journal. One idea we discussed last year and are attempting to
promote is the publication of several key review papers per year (perhaps as
many as one per issue). It may require us to actively solicit papers to meet
this goal. We also discussed the idea of having special issues of SPEJ
that focus on a particular topic. The general consensus of the editorial board
was that this idea should be pursued.
Impact Factor for Petroleum Engineering Journals
The impact factor is a measure of the impact that the articles in a journal
have on the advancement of knowledge. The impact factor for SPEJ for
2007 measures the number of times that 2007 journal papers cited SPEJ
papers published in 2005 and 2006.
Table 1 summarizes the impact factor from the Web of Science for various
petroleum engineering journals in 2007.
For comparison, the impact factor for several other journals in related fields
are comparable: Water Resources Research, 2.15; Computational
Geosciences, 0.74; Mathematical Geology, 0.76; Transport in
Porous Media, 1.01.
It is encouraging to note that the impact factor for SPEJ has been
increasing for several years. It does not seem unreasonable for us to aim for
an impact factor of 1.00 within the next two years.
Papers in SPEJ are cited in a large number of journals, but a few
journals have quite high numbers of citations. In 2007, the following journals
cited papers in SPE Journal at least 30 times: Journal of Petroleum
Science & Engineering, 133; SPE Journal, 106; SPE Reservoir
Evaluation & Engineering, 97; Transport in Porous Media, 45;
Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, 38; Petroleum Science &
Technology, 34; Advances in Water Resources, 30; and Water
Resources Research, 30. The fact that our papers were cited more times in
JPSE than in SPEJ is probably a reflection of the larger number
of papers in JPSE.
New Associate Editors
We continue to add new associate editors either to replace someone who has
retired from the board or to add new expertise. In 2006–07, we added 12 new
associate editors. In 2007–08, we added another seven. We are always open to
suggestions for new associate editors in appropriate areas. It is important
that associate editors are authors of papers in peer-reviewed journals and have
experience reviewing papers. When we invite new associate editors to join the
board, we request that they commit to handling a routine load of six to eight
papers per year. In fact, some of the editors handle considerably more than
With this issue, Amy Kan from Rice University and Randy Seright from New
Mexico Tech join SPE Journal as associate editors.
|Fig. 1—Impact factor for SPE Journal for the